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12-year-old dies following Chula Vista shooting

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Jul 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 02:29:24-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A 12-year-old died following a shooting in the South Bay Saturday morning, according to Chula Vista Police.

Officers were called to the Woodland Hills Condominium Complex on the 500 block of Telegraph Canyon Road Saturday around 9 a.m. following reports of a shooting.

After arriving, officers found the 12-year-old with one gunshot wound on the sidewalk near the complex. The boy was taken to the hospital where he later died.

After the shooting, officers detained a 15-year-old boy they say was a companion of the victim. “The 15-year-old was later released to his family from the Chula Vista Police Department by investigators,” police said.

The family of the victim has identified the 12-year-old as Max Mendoza. A memorial has been set up outside the home where Max died.

Max’s sister told 10News that she went to sleep in the same room where Max was hanging out with the 15-year-old boy. She says she woke up to the sound of a gunshot and ran to Max, who she says was on the floor. Max’s sister says she carried him outside.

It’s still unclear where the gun came from or what exactly happened.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.